Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Haworth, Samuel

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HAWORTH, SAMUEL (fl. 1683), empiric, was a native of Hertfordshire, and probably the son of William Haworth, who wrote against the Hertford quakers (1676). In 1679 he was a ‘student of physic’ living next door to the Dolphin in Sighs Lane, and dealing in quack tablets and a tincture. He was patronised by the Duke of York (James II), and admitted an extra-licentiate of the College of Physicians on 12 Oct. 1680. His new way of curing consumption was brought to the notice of Charles II, who ordered him to test it on a case (Kennedy O'Brien of the guards), the result being satisfactory. In 1682 he was practising at Brompton, and in request as far off as Paris. In 1683 he informed the College of Physicians that he had obtained the M.D. degree at Paris, and that he was previously a graduate of Cambridge (his name is not in the list of alumni). His ‘True Method of Curing Consumptions, &c.,’ London, 1682, 12mo, is fulsomely dedicated to Charles II, and gives cases of the effects of his grand elixir, pills, powders, &c. His other works are an ‘Aνθροπωλογια’ (sic), London, 1680, 8vo, and a ‘Description of the Duke's Bagnio and of the Mineral Bath, c, London, 1638, 8vo, a Turkish bath in Long Acre, where rubbing was practised, and artificial mineral water made to pass into the ground and issue forth again.

[Munk's Coll. of Phys. i. 416; Notes and Queries, 3rd ser. x. 372; Haworth's writings.]

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